Earlier this month, this writer started a brand new association with a fresh new blog called Gravis Ludis, which is run by the same fine peeps that also run Retro Gaming Magazine, a site in which we have both had the pleasure of knowing for some great sources on stories and news articles for our respectable sites over the last few years. Gravis Ludis is a new entertainment website, where anything goes, from television to music, from sports to technology, from video games to current events. A few weeks ago, I wrote my second article for the site, which I immediately knew would also have been a very good fit here, so it is time for me to share this original piece with you all. I talked about the use of video games for medical purposes. I encourage you all to read this article, as I share the full story of how video games helped my mother in the 1990s, when playing “Tetris” actually helped her poor eyesight at a young age. So, can video games be used for medicinal purposes?
Thirty Years Ago Today: Nintendo Introduces “Super Mario Brothers” In Japan, Helping To Save The Entire North American Video Game Industry
If you follow our Instagram page, you may notice that a few times a month, we take the time to celebrate historical events in video game history. (Of course, we do it right here as well.) It can be the anniversary of a specific game title, console, or event that happened in our video gaming past. We’ve announced anniversaries of console games, computer games, and handheld games. But every now and again, there is a franchise that is so important, even now, that when a milestone anniversary happens, we have no choice but to celebrate, and today is one of those occasions. It was on this date 30 years ago, on that supposed to be unlucky Friday the 13th in the year 1985, that Nintendo released the very first title in the Super Mario Brothers franchise for the original Nintendo Famicom. While a detailed historical look of Mario in general would literally take dozens of pages, today we are going to take a different approach, and take a look at the original games historical significance, and how Super Mario Brothers severely helped save, and regain needed confidence, in the video game industry as a whole.
Yesterday, one of the most anticipated video games for the Nintendo Wii U platform got released to the gaming public. We at Retro Game Network had talked about this game over a year ago, which is an ultimate throwback to the NES. No, we are not talking about the various games in the NES Remix franchise, but instead we are talking about Nintendo giving every gamer from the 1980s the ability to do something that we have all wanted to do since we were kids, and that was create our very own levels in Super Mario Brothers. This is exactly what Nintendo has accomplished with the release of Super Mario Maker, which is now available in stores worldwide. But did it live up to all of the hype? Let’s take a look at this modern title with the retro appeal!
VHS Rewind: “What Video Game?” – Telegames Videotape Showcases A Variety Of Video Games & Platforms, Including The Unreleased Konix (1990)
Hello everybody and happy Labor Day! For those of you that are looking for something lazy to do on this extended holiday weekend (except for me, night shift hospital staff here), I have a treat for you. Back in 1990, Telegames UK released for sale a very unique videocassette which they called “What Video Game?” This tape was available for sale directly from Telegames during the era, and it is a treasure trove of video games from the late 1970s all the way to the early 1990s. This videotape is what we are focusing on today, on this latest edition of “VHS Rewind”!
While the Nintendo Entertainment System has been discontinued for many years (ending its run in the US in 1995 and in Japan in 2003), it has since had an amazing following for many independent programmers, with many brand new games being released each year. The homebrew scene has been going strong ever since, with everything from original titles to amazing ports of popular classics that never saw the light on the 8-bit wonder. Piko Interactive is one of those publishers that releases these amazing wonders on physical media, for those (like myself) that want a true experience of playing these games on actual hardware on a real television set as opposed to emulation. They have just released their latest title called “Quest Forge: By Order Of Kings”, which is now available for purchase.